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Study: States with legalized marijuana see increase in car crash claims

Study: States with legalized marijuana see increase in car crash claims

DENVER — A recent insurance study links increased car crash claims to legalized recreational marijuana.

The Highway Loss Data Institute, a leading insurance research group, said in study results released Thursday that collision claims in Colorado, Washington, and Oregon went up 2.7 percent in the years since legal recreational marijuana sales began when compared with surrounding states. Legal recreational pot sales in Colorado began in January 2014, followed six months later in Washington, and in October 2015 in Oregon.

“We believe that the data is saying that crash risk has increased in these states and those crash risks are associated with the legalization of marijuana,” said Matt Moore, senior vice president with the institute, which analyzes insurance data to observe emerging auto safety trends.

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Mason Tvert, a marijuana legalization advocate and communications director with the Marijuana Policy Project, questioned the study’s comparison of claims in rural states such as Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana with Colorado, Oregon and Washington that have dense population centers and how that affected the study’s findings.

“The study raises more questions than it provides answers and it’s an area that would surely receive more study, and deservedly so,” Tvert said.

Researchers accounted for factors such as the number of vehicles on the road in the study and control states, age and gender of drivers, weather and even whether the driver making a claim was employed. Neighboring states with similar fluctuations in claims were used for comparison.

Insurance industry groups have been keeping a close watch on claims when auto accidents across the country began to go up in 2013 after more than a decade of steady decline. Insurance companies found several possible factors at play in the spike that included distracted driving through texting or cellphone use, road construction, and an improved economy that has led to leisurely drives and more miles driven, as well as marijuana legalization.

“It would appear, probably not to anyone’s surprise, that the use of marijuana contributes to crashes,” said Kenton Brine, president of the industry group Northwest Insurance Council that represents companies in Washington, Oregon and Idaho. He added: “It would be difficult to say that marijuana is a definitive factor, lacking a citation, in a significant number of crashes to say that what we’re seeing here is a trend.”

The Highway Loss Data Institute said its study examined claims from January 2012 to October 2016.

“The problem here is that it’s a pretty new experience,” said Carole Walker of the Rocky Mountain Insurance Information Association, an industry group that covers Colorado, Wyoming, Utah and New Mexico. “This is the first study that has been able to isolate legal pot as one of the factors.”

Eight states and Washington, D.C., have legalized recreational marijuana for adults.

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety spokesman Russ Rader adds that alcohol impairment remains one of the biggest concerns on the road.

“While we have proven countermeasures, proven strategies for reducing alcohol impaired driving, there are a lot of unanswered questions about marijuana and driving,” Rader said.

A study released last year by AAA’s safety foundation found legal THC limits established by states with legal marijuana have no scientific basis and can result in innocent drivers being convicted, and guilty drivers being released.

Moore of the Highway Loss Data Institute said they hope the study’s findings will be considered by lawmakers and regulators in states where marijuana legalization is under consideration or recently enacted.

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Published at Thu, 22 Jun 2017 15:46:50 +0000

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What is a Rosin Press and What Types of Rosin Press Are Available?

What is a Rosin Press and What Types of Rosin Press Are Available?

It was back in 2015 that Rosin made its entrance into the concentrate market, and in that time, it has become quite popular, but it certainly has the potential to become more widespread. During these last two years, the processing of this unique solvent-free concentrate has led to several new innovations to help with the rising demand of technology to produce the Rosin.

The extract BHO (Butane Hash Oil) was rather popular before the introduction of Rosin, but this was an extract that made use of solvents, and needed a lot of equipment. Plus, it was time consuming to harvest the resin required to make BHO. This is something that Rosin avoids, because it only needs heat and pressure. It also requires less time to process and it is possible to yield some Rosin in just a few seconds.

The Rosin Press is central to the Rosin production process. This is basically a machine which produces controlled amounts of heat and pressure. The technology used in the Rosin Press has improved greatly over the last few years from its simple beginnings, and as Rosin becomes more and more popular, the quality of the Rosin Press will only improve.

rosin press

How does the Rosin Press Work?

As explained earlier, to make Rosin, we just need heat, pressure & time. For the process to be successful, it is important to balance the heat, pressure and time to harvest the very best quality Rosin.

In the process of extracting Rosin, it is important to control the heat to ensure that you carefully preserve the terpenes and cannabinoids that the Rosin contains. If you set the temperature too high, the terpenes and the cannabinoids will be destroyed, which leads to a poor final harvest and the Rosin will be unusable. Because of this, you should focus on producing the Rosin at low temperatures to maintain these terpenes and cannabinoids. By reducing the time exposed to very high heats, it will result in the preservation of most of the terpenes, but the only way to guarantee that you will not have any degradation is to complete the process at the lowest possible temperature.

But, when you reduce the heat, the pressure needs to be increased in its place. These high pressures can limit any degradation and keep the terpene and cannabinoid profile stable. The very best Rosin Press machines can offer enough pressure so that the process can be completed at the lowest possible temperature to guard against any degradation of the terpenes and the cannabinoids.

 

The First Ever Rosin Press – A Pair of Hair Straighteners…

hair press straightener

This may sound quite surprising! But, it is a widely-held belief that the very first Rosin Press was actually a pair of hair straighteners, as straighteners could offer heat, pressure and time, just like the modern Rosin Press. Sure, the hair straighteners were not as good as the Rosin Press machines we see today, but it was quite an effective method for extracting these resins. In fact, they are still used today by people who don’t have access to a Rosin Press.

 

What is the Process of Making Rosin Dabs with Hair Straighteners?

To do this, simply get a pair of hair straighteners and get hold of a clamp. It is possible to get quite high rates of pressure using the clamp, but the process will be limited in success compared to a more advanced Rosin Press. Give it a go, as it may be useful for doing this process when you are wanting to extract resins on the go.

Modified Hat Press

Before the more modern Rosin Press came into the fray, the Modified Hat Press was a pretty popular method of extraction. How do these Modified Hat Press machines work? Well, a conventional Hat Press usually works by heating the top plate on its own. But, by modifying this Hat Press by heating both the top plate and the bottom plate, it is possible to be used in the production process of Rosin.

These Modified Hat Press machines made their way to market around the summer of 2015. But, the Modified Hat Press has some disadvantages, as it wasn’t able to offer the high levels of pressure for the temperature to be decreased to such an extent where the terpenes could be preserved.

Pneumatic Press

pneumatic press

The Pneumatic Press followed quickly onwards from the Modified Hat Press. It can deliver high pressures thanks to compressed air, and the Pneumatic Press could achieve 2000psi, which is quite a high pressure. Since it is possible to control the heat with this press, as well as the pressure, the Pneumatic Press is an efficient way to extract Rosin in a matter of seconds.

These Pneumatic Press machines can be quite expensive, as they make use of a lot of technology. But, several Pneumatic Press products have entered the market, which has decreased the price slightly.

Hydraulic Rosin Press

hyrdolic rosin press

If 2000 psi isn’t enough pressure for your needs, your next port of call should be the Hydraulic Rosin Press. It can offer pressures upwards of 20,000psi, thanks to hydraulic cylinders. This enables you to decrease the temperature quite substantially, thus preserving your terpenes and cannabinoids. The Hydraulic Press can provide a large surface area for the pressing process, so you can produce quite a lot of Rosin at once.

As you will notice, the development of the Rosin Press is still in its infancy, but developing day by day. Competition is increasing in the space, which will fuel development of bigger and better Rosin Press machines. When you are browsing for a Rosin Press, you will find the Modified Hat Press, Pneumatic Press and the Hydraulic Press all for sale. Be careful of cheap inferior products. If you want the very best Rosin Press, we would recommend building your own from the ground up. Good luck!

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Published at Tue, 20 Jun 2017 05:00:00 +0000

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Mexico Legalizes Medical Cannabis

Mexico Legalizes Medical Cannabis

A bill to legalize medical marijuana in Mexico has officially been passed into law, according to President Enrique Peña Nieto.

The new law directs the Ministry of Health to draft and implement regulations, with  “public policies regulating the medicinal use of pharmacological derivatives of cannabis sativa, indica and Americana or marijuana, including tetrahydrocannabinol, its isomers and stereochemical variants, as well as how to regulate the research and national production of them.”

The new law was passed by the nation’s lower house of parliament in April with an overwhelming vote of 371 to 11. “The ruling eliminates the prohibition and criminalization of acts related to the medicinal use of marijuana and its scientific research, and those relating to the production and distribution of the plant for these purposes,” the Lower House said in a statement on its website after its passage.

Mexico now joins just a small number of countries, including Canada, Uruguay and Portugal, that have legalized cannabis for medical purposes.

About Anthony Martinelli

Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove. He has also been published by multiple media outlets, including the Seattle Times. He can be reached at TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.

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Published at Tue, 20 Jun 2017 04:45:26 +0000

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Former Trump Advisor Roger Stone Forms Coalition to Legalize Marijuana Nationwide

Former Trump Advisor Roger Stone Forms Coalition to Legalize Marijuana Nationwide

Roger Stone, a political consultant and lobbyist who served as an advisor for President Trump during his campaign, has formed a bipartisan coalition which goal is to help legalize marijuana across the United states.

Roger Stone. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Roger Stone announced the formation of the United States Cannabis Coalition (USCC) on Friday during the Cannabis World Congress and Business Expo in New York. As noted by Business Insider, the USCC is registered with the IRS as a section 527 nonprofit, the same tax-exempt status that applies to political action committees.

“I am going to be working with a coalition of Republicans and Democrats, progressives and libertarians, liberals, and conservatives to persuade the president to keep his campaign pledge,” says Stone, “and to remind the president that he took a strong and forthright position on this issue in the election.”

According to stone, former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura, a longtime supporter of legalizing marijuana, will join Stone in the advocacy group, as well as a host of both Republican and Democrat political strategists.

Stone said the mission of the coalition goes beyond outright legalization, with the group also preparing to advocate for rescheduling marijuana on the federal level to allow doctors to legally prescribe.

In addition, the group will work to ensure that the federal government won’t interfere with state-level marijuana laws, something marijuana proponents fear is forthcoming with marijuana opponent Jeff Sessions as attorney general.

About Anthony Martinelli

Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove. He has also been published by multiple media outlets, including the Seattle Times. He can be reached at TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.

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Published at Mon, 19 Jun 2017 20:56:07 +0000

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10 Scary Facts About Synthetic Cannabis

10 Scary Facts About Synthetic Cannabis

What To Do On Mother’s Day 1,700 Miles Away

As I awoke this morning from another island night out, I wondered what would make this last day a delight and make my Mom proud. In all honesty, I was really looking for a cure for this mild vacation hangover from the multiple margaritas, pain killers, La

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Published at Fri, 16 Jun 2017 05:00:00 +0000

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Study: Cannabis Consumers Among the “Most Well-Adjusted and Successful of American Adults”

Study: Cannabis Consumers Among the “Most Well-Adjusted and Successful of American Adults”

A new study has found that many of the stereotypes surrounding cannabis are untrue, and that cannabis consumers are among the “most well-adjusted and successful of American adults”.

According to the study by BDS Analytics; “Public support for cannabis legalization is stronger today than ever before, yet the “stoner” stereotype — apathetic, unsuccessful, flaky — persists. But not, we believe, for much longer.”

According to the research group; “Cannabis consumers, it turns out, are among the most well-adjusted and successful of American adults, based on results from BDS Analytics’ landmark cannabis consumer research study, the first of its kind in history. The ongoing study is the most comprehensive and detailed look at cannabis consumers ever conducted.”

One theme that clearly emerges from the research is the “overall healthy well-being of cannabis Consumers (people who consume cannabis), when compared to Acceptors (people who do not consume cannabis but might consider it) and Rejecters (people who do not consume cannabis and would not consider it).”

Among the findings, Cannabis Consumers are:

Accomplished Personally and Professionally

  • Average annual household income among California Consumers is $93,800, compared to $72,800 for Acceptors and $75,900 for Rejecters.
  • The percentage of people holding master’s degrees among California Consumers is 20 percent, compared to 13 percent for Acceptors and 12 percent for Rejecters.
  • Full-time employment is enjoyed by 64 percent of Colorado Consumers, compared to 51 percent of Acceptors and 54 percent of Rejecters.

Satisfied with Life

  • Nearly five in 10 Colorado Consumers agree they are more satisfied with life today than they were a year ago, compared to about four in 10 among Acceptors and Rejecters.

Parents Raising Families

  • Cannabis Consumers are the most likely segment to be parents in California: 64 percent of Consumers are parents, compared to 60 percent of Acceptors and 55 percent of Rejecters.
  • In addition, Consumers in California are significantly more likely to have children ages 10 years or younger at home — 37 percent of Consumers compared to 23 percent of Acceptors and 11 percent of Rejecters

Active Socially and Creatively

  • Among Colorado Consumers, 36 percent agree they are very social people, compared to 21 percent for Acceptors and 28 percent for Rejecters.
  • Acceptors in Colorado were more likely to enjoy the fine arts and describe themselves as creative.

Enjoy the Outdoors

  • When compared to Rejecters, Consumers in both Colorado and California say they enjoy outdoor recreation at a higher rate — 50 percent for Colorado Consumers compared to 36 percent for Colorado Rejecters, and 57 percent for California Consumers compared to 26 percent for California Rejecters.

Nurturing and Volunteers

  • In California, 60 percent of Consumers agree that they are nurturing people, compared to 41 percent of Rejecters. Also, 38 percent of Consumers say they volunteer their time to help others, compared to 25 percent of Rejecters.

About Anthony Martinelli

Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove. He has also been published by multiple media outlets, including the Seattle Times. He can be reached at TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.

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Published at Thu, 15 Jun 2017 20:45:14 +0000

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Lawsuit in Kentucky aims to overturn medical marijuana ban; state's opioid issues cited

Lawsuit in Kentucky aims to overturn medical marijuana ban; state's opioid issues cited

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Kentucky’s criminal ban against medical marijuana was challenged Wednesday in a lawsuit touting cannabis as a viable alternative to ease addiction woes from opioid painkillers.

The plaintiffs have used medical marijuana to ease health problems, the suit said. The three plaintiffs include Dan Seum Jr., the son of a longtime Republican state senator.

Another plaintiff, Amy Stalker, was prescribed medical marijuana while living in Colorado and Washington state to help treat symptoms from irritable bowel syndrome and bipolar disorder. She has struggled to maintain her health since moving back to Kentucky to be with her ailing mother.

“She comes back to her home state and she’s treated as a criminal for this same conduct,” said plaintiffs’ attorney Daniel Canon. “That’s absurd, it’s irrational and it’s unconstitutional.”

Stalker, meeting with reporters, said: “I just want to be able to talk to my doctors the same way I’m able to talk to doctors in other states, and have my medical needs heard.”

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The suit, filed in Franklin County Circuit Court in Frankfort, claims the medical marijuana ban violates state constitutional privacy protections. The government also cannot arbitrarily restrict the liberty of patients to use medicines that work, said another plaintiffs’ attorney, Candace Curtis.

“Cannabis helps sick people,” Curtis said. “It is safe, it is not addictive and it works.”

More than half the country allows patients suffering from chronic pain and other ailments to use medical marijuana as an alternative to “often dangerous and addictive” prescription drugs, the suit said. The suit also delved into Kentucky’s struggles with opioid addiction.

Kentucky had the nation’s third-highest death rate from opioid overdoses in 2015, it said. Hospital admissions from opioid abuse have dropped in states allowing medicinal cannabis, it said.

“Medical cannabis keeps people off of opioids,” Canon said.

Defendants are Republican Gov. Matt Bevin and Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear. Their offices didn’t offer immediate comments other than to say they would review the suit.

Medical marijuana advocates have pushed for Kentucky to lift the ban, but those bills have been rejected by state lawmakers. The General Assembly did enact a measure in 2014 allowing limited prescription of cannabidiol — which can come from marijuana plants — to treat patients.

In a radio program earlier this year, Bevin acknowledged the “value” of medical marijuana. He said any push for its legalization would have to go through the legislature, and cautioned he would have to see the details of such a plan before passing judgment.

“I am not opposed to the idea of medical marijuana,” the governor said then. “If prescribed like other drugs, if administered in the same way that we would other pharmaceutical drugs, I think it would be appropriate in many respects.”

Seum became addicted to narcotics after taking OxyContin for chronic back pain, the suit said. He began using medical marijuana to deal with OxyContin withdrawal and to manage pain.

“I live in pain daily,” Seum, the son of state Sen. Dan Seum, told reporters. “Cannabis helps me deal with it.”

Once he started using cannabis, no pain management doctors would treat him, the suit said.

“Mr. Seum is left with an impossible choice: Should he stop using cannabis and experience excruciating pain in order to explore the chance that another pain management option might be more effective?” the suit said. “Or should he continue using cannabis, preventing him from receiving medical care from Kentucky doctors for the rest of his life?”

The other plaintiff is Danny Belcher. The Bath County man and Vietnam veteran has used medical marijuana to manage symptoms from post-traumatic stress disorder and spinal problems.

Under Kentucky law, the cultivation or possession of marijuana can result in jail time. Punishments are greater when caught with more than eight ounces.

Twenty-nine states and the District of Columbia have authorized medical use of marijuana.

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Published at Thu, 15 Jun 2017 21:00:37 +0000

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What Are The Best Nutrients For Cannabis Plants?

What Are The Best Nutrients For Cannabis Plants?

What Are The Best Nutrients For Cannabis Plants?

cannabis plant nutrients

Growing your own cannabis plants for the first time can seem overwhelming and rather technical, especially if you don’t have a green thumb. As you learn about the right growing process for your plants, it’s also important to educate yourself about the various nutrients that help them grow most effectively, which can sometimes be confusing.

Each nutrient has varying benefits for cannabis plants, and each one should also be administered during the 2 life stages of cannabis, since each stage will require its own nutrients. The primary purpose of using nutrients is to ensure the healthy growth of plants, while minimizing any deficiencies. Strong and healthy plants will reward you with generous and potent yields, while weak plants will barely have any use medicinally nor recreationally.

Before you start using nutrients for your plants, keep in mind that pH levels of the water you use for your plants is also important to prevent deficiencies. In fact, many beginner growers experience nutrient deficiencies because the pH level can either be too high or too low. This can occur even if your plants have the appropriate amount of nutrients, because your cannabis plants will be unable to absorb the nutrients if your pH levels aren’t correct.

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The right cannabis pH levels when growing in these environments are:

Soil: 6.0-7.0

Hydroponics: 5.5-6.5

The most effective and fastest way to find out the pH levels of your plants is by using a digital pH pen, which only takes seconds for you to determine pH levels.

NPK

NPK CANNABIS LEVELS

Whether you’re growing tomatoes in your backyard or cannabis, the NPK must always be remembered: Nitrogen (N), Phosphorus (P), and Potassium (K).

Nitrogen helps plants produce proteins that are needed to develop healthy leaves. Too much nitrogen will cause excessive growth although it also has consequences, leading to a less desirable flowering phase. A nitrogen deficiency will also cause stunted growth.

Phosphorus is useful in supplementing cannabis roots with the nutrients that it needs to grow strong. It also aids in the development of the flower, was well as larger seeds. Too much phosphorus will stunt growth and cause bleached or yellow leaves, while a deficiency will end up killing the leaves.

Potassium is crucial for the overall health of your cannabis plants and the development of your crop as a whole. Too much potassium blocks the plant’s uptake of both nitrogen and phosphorus. A potassium deficiency will make your plant more vulnerable to disease and result in poor health.

Should You Use Organic or Chemical Nutrients?

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Organic and chemical nutrients each have their own benefits:

Organic nutrients:

  • Natural: If you are growing cannabis in living soil, you create an environment for the plant that is as close to their natural state as possible. It will make everything better, especially growing and potency, because your plant will already have everything it needs from nature.
  • Improved smell and taste: Many growers prefer organic nutrients because these systems are believed to create the most delicious-smelling and tasting buds especially if you use composted soil that’s been enriched with natural nutrients. What you get is living soil that already has colonies of super beneficial microorganisms, which contribute to better taste and smell.
  • Avoid organic nutrients for hydroponic plants: If you are using a hydroponic system, organic nutrients are not recommended because any kind of organic matter will cause unnecessary organisms to grow.

miracle grow nutrients

Chemical Nutrients:

  • Faster growth: The nutrients created by chemical solutions are designed to give plants the vitamins they need in the most absorbable way. This leads to faster growth for your cannabis plants, as opposed to organic nutrients which take longer since the nutrients need to be processed in the soil by the colony of microorganisms before they reach your plants.
  • Stronger potency: If you’re after potency, certain chemical nutrients may be more beneficial in increasing this although organic nutrients will improve its smell and taste.
  • Beneficial for hydroponic growth: Chemical nutrients are recommended for hydroponic systems since it reduces the chances of unwanted matter growing in the water.

There are many kinds of organic and chemical nutrients as well as fertilizers in the market; choosing one should primarily depend on your goal as a grower; yield? Potency? Smell? Taste? These are some of the things you should take into consideration. However, if you’re after purely organic bud, avoid the chemical stuff.

 

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Published at Tue, 13 Jun 2017 05:00:00 +0000

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Volcano Vaporizer Review: The Best Desktop Vaporizer in Today’s Industry

Volcano Vaporizer Review: The Best Desktop Vaporizer in Today’s Industry

There are two kinds of vape enthusiasts.

First, you have the recreational users.

These are the individuals who usually use the vaporizers to relax during their free time.

Then there’s the second type of users that make use of vaporizers medically.

In the past years, there are a growing number of people who are using their vaporizer as a medical device. With changes in legislation, you now have a growing market of medical cannabis users in need of vaporizers that can deliver THC, CBD, and other cannabinoids.

But let’s admit it. Times have changed.

And no matter what type of vape enthusiast category you fit in, there’s a rise in the number of people looking for high-quality vaporizers.

And what do vape connoisseurs go for?

Vape connoisseurs look for excellent vapor experience regardless if it’s for a medical or recreational purpose.

But unfortunately, not all vaporizers can give you this.  Then, there’s the Volcano.

The Volcano vaporizer has changed the landscape of the vaporizer industry. It has set the bar of what vaporizers should look like and how it should perform. And it is the device that has successfully surpassed expectations since the early 2000s.

What’s The Volcano Vaporizer

The Volcano is a vaporizer made by one of the best vaporizer companies today, Storz and Bickel. It is the same German company that made the Mighty, Plenty, and Crafty. And over the years, Storz and Bickel kept the Volcano as the top product for both desk and portable vaporizers.

Despite the age of this model, The Volcano is still considered as the gold standard of vaporizers in the industry. The Volcano, over the years, has been known for its user-friendly design, durability, and great overall performance.

As for its appearance, it has a pyramid shaped construction for stability when placed on the table. Though you may hesitate to purchase the Volcano vaporizer,  mainly due to its hefty price tag, it is definitely something worth investing if you are a serious vape enthusiast. It’s one of those items that you simply can’t live without once you tried it.

What exactly makes it so special?

For starters, it is made of the best materials. It makes use of stainless steel and durable medical grade materials that ensure the cleanliness of its output. It is also the type of vaporizer that provides you with options whether you like using a balloon or a tube when vaping.

The vaporizer has been designed to reach an optimum temperature for vaporization. And an evidence of such is the clean taste that you get from the vapor. Though the device will be cycling on and off, you can guarantee that you are not getting off the optimum temperature zone with the Volcano. According to experts, you can expect that the device won’t be off by 5 degrees from the optimum temperature zone.

Also, the vaporizer offers options for different vaping preferences. It caters to both herbs and concentrates. And the good news is that regardless of what you actually prefer, both equally taste good on the Volcano vaporizer.

As mentioned earlier, the device can be attached to either balloon or pipe. And what exactly does it mean? Vaping enthusiasts can enjoy vaping alone, or they can even have a bag that can be passed around with friends.

Digital vs. Classic Volcano

By 2007, the Storz and Bickel decided to improve the Volcano by releasing a digital version of the superb vaporizer. Are you still trying to compare which one is better? Maybe, you haven’t decided yet whether or not you are switching from the classic analog Volcano to the digital version?

Here are some key differences that you need to know:

The first thing that you might notice about the Digital and the Classic Volcano is the price. The newer version is pricier than the already expensive Classic Volcano. If the Classic Volcano costs somewhere around the $500 range, you can expect the Digital version to be somewhere around the $600 to $700.

What makes the Digital Volcano much expensive than its predecessor?  One of the things that make the Digital Volcano better is precision. With its digital controls, you can input the exact temperature and get exactly the heat that you want for your herbs.

One of the things that make the Digital Volcano better is precision. With its digital controls, you can input the exact temperature and get exactly the heat that you want for your herbs.

Next, the Digital version also has a new and improved auto-shutoff feature just in case you forget that you are still using the device. This feature helps preserve the heating element and to save energy in the process.

Does it make the Classic an obsolescent version of the Volcano?

In truth, this isn’t really the case. The Classic Volcano works just fine. You can still expect high-quality sessions with the Classic version, it’s just that Storz and Bickel found a way to even improve the already impressive design of the Volcano. In addition to this, you will hear some connoisseurs to actually prefer the older version saying that the Classic Volcano is actually a much more dependable vaporizer because of its durability.

In case you’ve purchased the Digital version though, you have nothing to worry about since the warranty is going to cover for all of this.

For the additional $130 to shift from Classic to Digital Volcano, is it worth it?

In reality, for the slightest difference between the two Volcano Vaporizers, it isn’t really worth it. If you have the resources to burn, not to mention a taste for something hip, then, by all means, you should go for the Digital Volcano.

Easy and Solid Valve

Aside from the digital and the classic versions, you also have to decide whether you like the Solid or the Easy Valve version.

In case you are wondering which system suits you better, there are only main two points that you will need to consider.

One, do you want a maintenance free option? Second, do you like to save money? Unfortunately, you can’t choose both a maintenance-free and economical option when choosing between the Easy and Solid Valve Volcano Vaporizer.

Still confused on what to choose?

Let’s take a closer look at the solid and easy valve to know the pros and cons of both options.

The Solid Valve is made up of high quality and durable stainless steel and heat-resistant plastic. One of the perks of choosing solid valve is the customizable balloon size options. The Solid Valve offers a higher quality chamber and mouthpiece than the Easy Valve.

It is also the type of valve that will allow you to save a good amount of money on maintenance. However, you have to deal with the fact that you have to clean it regularly.

On the other hand, there’s the Easy Valve option. This system is best known for its maintenance free design perfect for people who simply want to vape and not worry about anything. However, though users save a lot of time from cleaning the vaporizer, it costs more yearly to have this system. It costs around $25 yearly in contrast to the $5 to $10 per year cost of Solid Valve.

How Does The Volcano Work?

What makes the vaporizer such a great device that produces the highest quality vapor?

If you are still wondering by now, Storz and Bickel simply did everything correctly.

For instance, they’ve offered a large heating area that allows the herbs and oils to get heated evenly. By the time you decide to use the device, what you get is a consistent vapor that feels perfect. And with excellent temperature control, you can guarantee that the material doesn’t get burned. And because of this, it isn’t surprising why The Volcano is used in some parts of the world as a medical device.

It is also a highly versatile vaporizer. Unlike other vaporizers that only allows you to stick to one type of vaping method, this vaporizer offers the best of both worlds.

Are you the type who shares his or her sessions with friends? Or are you the vaping enthusiast who loves warm vapor on your sessions?

This vaporizer offers both a balloon and a whip method.

Balloon method has become highly popular not only for people who shares his or her sessions but also for people who love to cool their vapor first. Once the balloon has been filled, you can take it out of the Volcano and latch the mouthpiece for your enjoyment. When using the balloon method, just make sure that you are not going to fill it up too full since it could burst.

To make the Volcano from filling the balloon, simply hit the green temperature button right in front of the vaporizer.

Also, make sure that you are taking out the ingredient chamber when you are not filling the balloon. If not, you can easily burn your entire supply. Though you don’t have to turn the system off, you still have to get the herbs and oils out in between sessions.

Whip method is another way to enjoy the Volcano’s exquisite vapor. Though it isn’t as good as the balloon method in terms of taste, it does offer some perks such as being able to control the vapor better. Also, if you are tired of passing the balloon to your friends, the Volcano allows up to 4 whip attachments all at once. In fact, you don’t need to also remove anything to enjoy your session.

Temp settings and how to use it?

The Volcano can be considered an extremely user-friendly vaporizer. Though it does look a bit intimidating at first, using the device even for the first time is quite a breeze.

To use the device, you need to press the heat button. Next, you will have to wait for around three to five minutes before the device reaches the temperature that you want for your sessions. If you are using the Classic Volcano, you can make use of the operating dial that ranges from 1 to 9. Each number represents a specific temperature. As for most users, they usually start getting the right taste once the setting hits 6.

On the other hand, if you are using the Digital version, the Digital Volcano has an LCD display that reads the preset temperature you are currently using for your session. To adjust the temperature, you will need to press the “+” and “-” buttons to get to the right temperature.

Of course, there are a number of things at play when it comes to the vapor quality that you are going to get from your device. From how fine you grind the herbs, to the type of herbs and oils that you use.

It is also worth mentioning that the Digital and the Classic version have different temperature spectrums. Though both can only go as high as 446°F, The Classic Volcano can only be set as low as 266°F while the Volcano Digital can dip as low as 104°F.

Does it make a huge difference? For most people, it really doesn’t matter since most users don’t go lower than 300°F to enjoy their sessions.

How exactly do you get the best results?

For starters, it is highly suggested that you pick the best quality herbs and oils. Next, you can start on lower temperature settings. Once you notice that you are not getting but hot air, you can then move the setting up by turning the temperature up slowly. This method prevents you from burning your material, not to mention you can also compare the vapor from different settings.

Conclusion

You probably won’t find a better vaporizer than the Volcano today. In fact, regardless if you prefer the digital or the classic version, it doesn’t really matter. The same goes which system you’d like to have whether you prefer the easy or the solid valve system.

Why use the vaporizer? Volcano provides the ultimate vaping experience that meets both the requirements of recreational and medical users. It is also compatible with both balloon and whip methods giving you different options to enjoy.

And though it is quite an investment, you pay for what you get. It is made of high-quality parts designed for serious vaping connoisseurs.


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Published at Sun, 11 Jun 2017 18:54:55 +0000

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Colorado marijuana sales in April 2017 top $125 million

Colorado marijuana sales in April 2017 top $125 million

Colorado’s marijuana industry notched its 11th consecutive $100 million month in April.

But the month in which cannabis enthusiasts celebrate the “high holiday” of 4/20 fell short of setting a monthly high for the state.

The state’s pot shops raked in $125.2 million in medical and recreational marijuana sales of flower, edibles and concentrates during April, The Cannabist calculated by extrapolating Colorado marijuana taxes and fees data.

Recreational marijuana sales totaled nearly $88.4 million while medical marijuana sales approached $36.9 million, according to The Cannabist’s calculations.

Through April, the industry brought in close to $492 million, a nearly 27 percent increase from the $388 million in sales during the first four months of 2016, The Cannabist’s archived data shows.

The year-to-date 2017 sales have resulted in more than $76.3 million in taxes and fees revenue for the state, according to Colorado Department of Revenue data.

Colorado’s marijuana industry has been in growth mode since 2014, when the state became the first in America to legalize and regulated adult-use cannabis sales. The new industry has set and surpassed benchmarks along the way.

Last year, a new monthly high was set four times. That was topped yet again in March 2017, which boasted sales of $131.7 million.

Economists and analysts have told The Cannabist they expect Colorado’s marijuana industry to top out at some point — especially likely after recreational marijuana programs in other states come online. But observers such as Andrew Livingston, director of economists for cannabis law firm Vicente Sederberg, said he wouldn’t be surprised if Colorado’s marijuana industry wasn’t done setting monthly records.

“The year-over-year rates of growth have continued at a steady pace, which to me indicates that we have not yet reached the point at which we are starting to cap out the market,” he said following the release of the March 2017 numbers.

The monthly sales numbers do potentially have some room for error. The state, in its monthly tax revenue reports, cautions that monthly collections could include late filings and those submitted for corrections from previous months.

This story is developing and will be updated.





Sales stats for Colorado weed
A month-by-month look comparing sales of recreational and medical marijuana, as calculated by The Cannabist:
2017 Recreational total (4 months)
$345,935,028
2017 Medical total (4 months)
$146,029,597
2017: $491,964,626
2016 Recreational total (12 months)
$875,277,360
2016 Medical total (12 months)
$437,879,186
2016: $1,313,156,545



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Published at Fri, 09 Jun 2017 23:01:45 +0000